Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I heart NY

"So what's New York like?" she asked.
"It's exactly what you expect," he replied in his wonky East Side accent, "It's weird, noisy, smelly, hectic, bright, brash, bold, energetic, classy, crappy," the words came out in a rush but then he stopped short, as if he was ashamed of including the crappy.
"Tall. It's tall. There's lots of tall stuff. Not just the buildings but statues and things too, you know?"
She nodded, thinking of the photos of the Statue of Liberty she had seen.
"And it's full of yellow cabs and honking horns and people. LOTS of people. And food stands. You can get food anywhere any time. You must go there some day."
And she agreed, though she knew she would never have the courage to leave her own shores and travel to anywhere exciting.

Inspired by an unexpected conversation.


Sandra Davies said...

That's sad. But familiar. And less sad for me because I know if I really want to go, then I do.
And I like the 'unexpected' conversation.

MorningAJ said...

Actually I'm being a bit cruel because the person concerned has been known to up sticks and disappear half way across Europe. But always comes back to the same few square miles of the UK......

Ellie said...

So sad. I'd like to think I'll go to all the places I want to one day!

Ellie Garratt

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Morning AJ .. too true - but we learn so much by travel and living out of our own country .. I wish my parents had pushed me to live in France with some friends .. but I never did - but then I'd not be here now!

All places have their dark sides .. love the story though .. cheers Hilary

anthonynorth said...

Travel is the one thing I haven't done much of. I'll catch up one day.

snafu said...

Have you ever considered the fact, that many parts of the USA are further away from New York than the distance between England and New York?

Akelamalu said...

I'd love to visit NY one day. :)

MorningAJ said...

Snafu makes a good point. We met up with some American friends in Boston (which is only up the coast a little from NY in US terms) and they travelled further than we did.

But the 'leave her own shores' is supposed to imply that she lives in the UK.